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Giant Catfish Attacks Fisherman

It sounds like a fish story. A 36-year-old Austrian tourist says he was helping a friend to land a large catfish in a lake near Gyor, Hungary when the fish bit him in the leg and pulled him into the water! The catfish is estimated to be 6.5 feet long, weighing 220 pounds. The tourist kicked the fish in the head several times before he was released. The fish then swam away.

Sizzling Tortoise Survives Fire

A fire broke out in Becky Smith's home when a heat lamp turned over on her tortoise cage, setting the wood chip litter ablaze. The bedrooms were engulfed, and two tortoises died. A third tortoise named Shelli was thought to be dead as well, as his cage was melted. Although he was too hot to touch, the firemen put Shelli in water and saw his shell sizzle. Shortly afterward, the tortoise stuck his head out of the shell! Shelli was kept overnight in a veterinary clinic and pronounced well enough to return to his damaged home -in a different cage.

Woman Drinks Tequila, Vodka, and Beer, Falls 5 Stories

An unnamed 20-year-old woman in Boulder, Colorado was injured when she fell out of a fifth-story window of an apartment building.

Boulder police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley said the woman, whose name was not released because police are still investigating the incident, "sustained serious bodily injury but is expected to recover."

The woman, who had traveled to Colorado from California to visit her older sister, had consumed "a couple of tequila shots, at least two lemonade vodka drinks and probably a couple of beers" at a rooftop party at the Spanish Towers, Huntley said.

And that's just what they remembered she drank.

No Burger King for Barefoot Baby

150barefootJennifer Frederich took her mother and her 6-month-old daughter to a Burger King in Sunset Hills, Missouri. Workers told her that they could get food to go, but couldn't eat in the restaurant because the baby wasn't wearing shoes, which violated the "no shoes, no shirt, no service" policy. They said it violated the health code, although the St. Louis County health code has no such regulation. Frederich and her family ate in a hurry and left. Burger King later issued a statement that said the independent franchisee apologized for the incident.

Scorned Lovers Use Superglue for Revenge

An angry wife and three double-crossed mistresses got revenge on their common lover in Chilton, Wisconsin. After the wife contacted the other women, they lured 36-year-old Donessa T. Davis of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin into a motel room, where one woman tied him to the bed before the other three came in adn confronted him. They slapped him, cut off his underwear, and used super glue to fasten his penis to his stomach. Therese A. Ziemann, Wendy L. Sewell, Michelle M. Belliveau, and Tracy M. Hood-Davis were arrested on charges of false imprisonment and fourth-degree sexual assault. Mr. Davis himself was later charged with child abuse, theft, and harassment.

Man Wants Tattoos of All Nations Flags

150_rishi67-year-old Guinness Rishi of India already holds four records in the Guiness Book of World Records. He even changed his name to Guinness in honor of the organization. Now he is working on getting the flags of all 220 existing nations of the world tattooed on his body. Rishi already has the flags of six nations on his head. He believes he can get sixty flags on his head alone. The rest will be tattooed on all parts of his body. Rishi hasn't decided which flag will go on his private parts.

Russian Soccer Fans Told to Drink Whiskey

Russia's Health Ministry is doing their part to keep soccer fans healthy. When the team travels to Wales for a World Cup qualifer, they gave fans advice on measures to take to avoid the H1N1 swine flu virus.

"We urge our fans to drink a lot of Welsh whisky as a form of disinfection," VOB head Alexander Shprygin told Reuters.

"That should cure all symptoms of the disease."

Russia expects several hundred fans will travel to Wales to support the team.

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Bizarre New Species of Crabs and a Giant Sea Cockroach Discovered in Waters Off Indonesia
One known species of isopod, or "giant sea cockroach"
One known species of isopod, or "giant sea cockroach"
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A crab with green googly eyes, another with "ears" resembling peanuts, and a species of giant sea cockroach are among the dozen new kinds of crustaceans discovered by scientists in the waters off Indonesia, Channel News Asia reports.

These finds are the result of a two-week expedition by Indonesian and Singaporean scientists with the South Java Deep Sea Biodiversity Expedition (SJADES 2018), which involved exploring deep waters in the Sunda Strait (the waterway separating the islands of Sumatra and Java in Southeast Asia) and the Indian Ocean. Using trawls, dredges, and other tools, researchers brought a huge variety of deep-sea life to the surface—some species for the very first time.

"The world down there is an alien world," Peter Ng, chief scientist of the expedition, told Channel News Asia. "You have waters that go down more than 2000 to 3000 meters [9800 feet], and we do not know … the animal life that's at the bottom."

The giant sea cockroach—technically a giant isopod, also nicknamed a Darth Vader isopod—is a new species in the genus Bathynomus, measuring almost a foot long and found more than 4000 feet deep. The isopods are occasionally seen on the ocean floor, where they scuttle around scavenging for dead fish and other animals. This marked the first time the genus has ever been recorded in Indonesia.

Another find is a spider crab nicknamed Big Ears, though it doesn't actually have ears—its peanut-shaped plates are used to protect the crab's eyes.

More than 800 species were collected during the expedition, accounting for 12,000 individual animals. Researchers say it will take up to two years to study all of them. In addition to the 12 species that are completely new to science, 40 were seen for the first time in Indonesia. Creatures that the scientists dubbed a chain-saw lobster, an ice cream cone worm, and a cock-eyed squid were among some of the rarer finds.

A "Chain-Saw Lobster"
Nicknamed the "Chain-Saw Lobster," this creature is a rare blind lobster, found only in the deep seas.

Researchers took to the giant sea cockroach quickly, with some of the crew members reportedly calling it “cute” and cradling it like a baby. Check out Channel News Asia Insider's video below for more insight into their creepy finds.

[h/t Channel News Asia]

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The Mysterious Case of the Severed Feet in British Columbia
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While walking on the beach, many people look out for a number of things: Shells, buried treasure, crabs, and dolphins among them. But if you’re on a beach in British Columbia, you might want to keep an eye out for something a little more sinister—about 15 severed feet have washed up on the shores there in the past few years. The latest was found on May 6, wedged in a mass of logs on Gabriola Island, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The feet have been surprising unlucky British Columbians for over a decade. The first appeared back in 2007 on Jedediah Island; it was eventually matched to a deceased man whose family declined to provide additional information. Bizarre, but not particularly alarming—until another one showed up on Gabriola Island less than a month later. More feet followed, and though some were matched to missing persons, most remained anonymous (feet, unfortunately, don’t contain much identifying information). Instead, police focused on the fact that each foot was encased in a running shoe—though sizes, genders, and brands differed.

This seems like a real-life episode of The X-Files, but it turns out there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation for the severed feet: They’re not really “severed,” which would indicate cutting or slicing, at all. According to scientists who tested the theory, the feet likely belong to suicide, drowning, or plane crash victims. It’s common for decomposing bodies to come apart at the joint, making it natural for the foot to come apart from the leg. But if that’s the case, wouldn’t hands be similarly susceptible to washing up on beaches? Nope, that’s where the shoes come in.

While the rest of the body naturally decomposes in water, feet are surprisingly well protected inside the rubber and fabric of a shoe. The soles can be pretty buoyant, and sometimes air pockets get trapped inside the shoe, making it float to the surface. Most of the “severed” feet have been clad in jogging shoes such as Nikes and Pumas, but at least one case involves a hiking boot. In that instance, the boot (and foot) was matched to a man who went missing while fishing more than 25 years ago. The most recent case also involves a hiking boot.

That leaves the question: Why British Columbia? According to Richard Thompson, an oceanographer with the federal Institute of Ocean Sciences, it’s connected to ocean current. “There’s a lot of recirculation in the region; we’re working here with a semi-enclosed basin. Fraser River, False Creek, Burrard Inlet—all those regions around there are somewhat semi-enclosed. The tidal currents and the winds can keep things that are floating recirculating in the system." Several feet have also been found further south, in Washington state, which shares a network of coastal waterways with British Columbia.

Others aren’t so quick to accept this scientific analysis, however. Criminal lawyer and crime author Michael Slade still wonders if a serial killer is afoot. "We also have to consider that this could be a serial killer," he said. "Somebody who right now is underneath the radar. That has to be on the table."

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